David Coon

In the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Coon has championed improved access to mental and physical health care, alleviating poverty, the provision of midwifery services, climate action, and forest management that is socially and ecologically sound.

David Coon was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick to represent the people of Fredericton South on September 22, 2014. He became the first elected Green MLA in New Brunswick history, and the third Green parliamentarian elected in Canada. Mr. Coon has served as the Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick since winning the leadership of his party in 2012. He was re-elected on September 23, 2018.

In his first term, Mr. Coon was successful in securing all party support for adding a code of conduct and a statement on the roles and responsibilities for MLAs to the Standing Rules of the Legislative Assembly. He also had a bill passed to ensure students in the public school system learn about historical and  contemporary relationships with First Nations; implementing one of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

He had introduced private member’s bills aimed at strengthening legal protections for tenants, increasing the fairness of the property tax system, increasing local food security and expanding local agriculture, creating jobs in energy efficient building renovations and renewable energy production, lowering the voting age, and protecting citizens against frivolous lawsuits.

So far in his second term, he has tabled a bill to amend the Electricity Act to empower local municipal governments and First Nations to pursue renewable energy projects to help meet their energy needs, which went to the second reading.  The Greens tabled an amendment to ban glyphosate in NB, but it was defeated by the Liberals and the Conservatives. 

In the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Coon has championed improved access to mental and physical health care, alleviating poverty, the provision of midwifery services, climate action, and forest management that is socially and ecologically sound.

After earning a science degree at McGill University in 1978, Mr. Coon began a 32 year career as an environmental educator, organizer and advocate – much of it at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

His work to protect drinking water led to the creation of New Brunswick’s Clean Water Act. This earned the Conservation Council the United Nations Environmental  Programme’s Global 500 Award. His work in advancing public policy on climate change, provincially and nationally, earned him a silver medallion at the Canadian Environmental Achievement Awards.

Mr. Coon has been a determined advocate for community-based ecological resource management and land use. He worked with commercial fishermen’s organizations to establish the Bay of Fundy Fisheries Council to advance community-based fishery management. His collaboration with the National Farmers Union helped create the first agricultural conservation club in New Brunswick.

He was a founding director of Canada’s first community-supported agricultural initiative, Harvest Share Co-operative on Keswick Ridge, co-founded the New Brunswick Community Land Trust.

In his riding of Fredericton South, Mr. Coon has established permanent round tables for youth and seniors to ensure he can represent their concerns in the Legislative Assembly. He continues to work with community members and organizations to help shape a sustainable, prosperous, and vibrant community in Fredericton.

Mr. Coon and his wife, Janice Harvey, live in Skyline Acres and have two daughters.

Learn more and get involved: www.davidcoon.ca
Visit: 514 Queen St, Fredericton


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